Welcome. During these unsettling times I am offering online psychotherapy. As a Movement Psychotherapist, my aim is to create a safe, warm and sensitive environment in which a person feels met and supported to begin to take steps towards healing or change. I trust the human imagination can contribute to working things out when all seems lost.
How I Work: An Integrative Approach to Working with Body and Mind
I offer psychotherapy to adults, adolescents and children. My psychotherapy training is to Masters level, this enables a depth of understanding and reflection to bring to my practice. I also have a background in Occupational Therapy working within Adult Mental Health Services, and Child and Adolescent Mental Health. I integrate my experience and training as an Occupational Therapist within my clinical work as a Movement Psychotherapist. My theoretical approach is integrative, blending humanistic, psychodynamic, attachment theory and sensory-motor approach to psychotherapy. It is an embodied, relational and flexible approach that honors the uniqueness of each individual and values both body and mind. This embodied approach to psychotherapy provides opportunities to work with the whole person: thoughts, belief systems and emotions, and how these may be experienced in the body. A broad spectrum of scientific evidence is now highlighting how these aspects are interconnected. Neurobiological research has shown that memories are associated with sensations and become stored within the body. These body memories become our embodied histories and may impact on our way of being in the present and how we perceive ourselves. This is particularly relevant when there is a history of trauma.
An Embodied Approach to Psychotherapy:
Do I need to have experience in movement based approaches/ practices?
Working with an embodied approach to psychotherapy offers not only the opportunity to think about change but to move towards change. There is not a requirement to have experience in movement-based approaches/practices, movement occurs in stillness also. When words are not enough, working with the body can facilitate finding meaning and understanding, towards healing or change. This embodied approach is blended with verbal reflection for sense making and further clarity.
I trust the human imagination can contribute to working things out when all seems lost. Movement Psychotherapy can help with crisis or difficulties with long-term emotional problems. This therapeutic modality can also be helpful when the aim is to make better choices and live better lives.
I offer Clinical Supervision to counselors, psychotherapists, support workers across modalities, and to various organisations. I also provide personal growth and professional development (CPD) sessions with the aim of nurturing greater levels of spontaneity, creativity and body awareness.
Training, qualifications & experience
MA Movement Psychotherapist (RDMP), Private Practitioner Register
Clinical Supervisor (Training at The Maudsley Hospital, London)
I have worked in Mental Health for over 25 years, within: Adult Services, NHS; Child and Adolescent Mental Health; Education; Social Services; Higher Education, Women’s Services, Domestic Abuse Services, Gender Services and Private Practice.
Movement Psychotherapy for adults, young people, children and families
I work with adults, young people, children and families, both individually or in groups. I integrate my experience and training as an Occupational Therapist within my clinical work as a Movement Psychotherapist. I work with clients who may be in crisis or having difficulty with more long-term emotional problems. I have specific experience working in the following areas (this is not an exclusive list): early trauma, attachment concerns, trans-generational trauma, PTSD, abuse, domestic violence, depression, anxiety, self-esteem & self-confidence issues, body dysmorphia, eating disorders/disordered eating, Chronic Fatigue/ME, Fibromyalgia, menopause, transitional life milestones, loss and grief. I also work with children and young people who have problems with sensory processing and emotional/self regulation, including those diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Condition/Disorder, and AD(H)D.
I also offer psychotherapy to adults and children who are exploring their gender identity and sexuality.
The client’s needs are central to the way in which I work: this ensures an approach that is both adaptable and flexible. I offer short term and long term, open-ended psychotherapy: this ensures that the sessions go at a pace the client feels comfortable with.
Additional Professional Roles
I offer clinical supervision across therapeutic modalities and organisations.
I am a visiting lecturer on under and post graduate training programmes in UK and Europe.
Code Of Professional Conduct and Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Services Certification for working with children and vulnerable adults
I am informed by and adhere to the ethical guidelines and code of conduct stipulated by ADMP and UKCP. I hold current enhanced disclosure and barring services certification for working with children and vulnerable adults. I am continually updating my skills and knowledge through a commitment to my own personal and professional development.
Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy UK
ADMP UK is the professional organisation for the profession for Dance Movement Psychotherapy in the United Kingdom.
They aim to support the development of DMP in the UK and internationally; foster communication among Dance Movement Psychotherapists (DMPs); and promote the use of DMP throughout the United Kingdom and abroad.
Areas of counselling I deal with
I offer a sliding scale of fees for psychotherapy sessions and for those seeking clinical supervision, so the client can choose the level of payment that is right for them. Please contact me for further details.
I also offer a sliding scale of fees for trainee counsellors and psychotherapists, who are seeking psychotherapy sessions or clinical supervision.
Sessions are available Monday to Friday during day time and early evening.
I offer workshops and retreats: please see my website www.sensingthroughmovement.co.uk for details.
There are opportunities to engage in eco-psychotherapy, where Movement Psychotherapy is engaged in and with nature.
I am a Pilates Teacher and also offer a range of mind and body therapies to facilitate expression, exploration and awareness to further your story in a way that's right for you.